Nov
2
Sat
Nature in Mind: Art Exhibit & Sale @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Nov 2 – Dec 28 all-day
Nature in Mind: Art Exhibit & Sale @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center

Oil Painter, Sarah Stone uses color, lines and her imagination to create fantasy-realist works featuring the plants and animals of the Santa Monica Mountains and Southern California. She creates colorful images using traditional painting and illustration techniques. Her art expresses personal stories reflected on canvas and transformed into a land of dreams.

MEET THE ARTIST: Saturday, November 2 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Visitor Center.

Light refreshments will be served. A portion of the funds from the sales will be donated to further arts programs in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Dec
10
Tue
Hike in Las Virgenes Canyon @ Las Virgenes Canyon Tickets
Dec 10 @ 8:30 am
Hike in Las Virgenes Canyon @ Las Virgenes Canyon

Moderately paced 6 mile 800 ft gain hike on picturesque trail and along a seasonal stream among the beautiful grasslands of Simi Hills. Meet 8:30 AM at trailhead kiosk. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Las Virgenes Rd exit north 1.75 miles to end; street parking. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

BOTANICAL MYSTERY TOUR: EXPLORING CALIFORNIA AS A CNPS VOLUNTEER, Presented by STEVE HARTMAN, CNPS Board President @ First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica Tickets
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
BOTANICAL MYSTERY TOUR: EXPLORING CALIFORNIA AS A CNPS VOLUNTEER, Presented by STEVE HARTMAN, CNPS Board President @ First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica

BOTANICAL MYSTERY TOUR,
Exploring California As a CNPS Volunteer
7:30pm – 9:00pm
First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica
1008 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Presented by Steve Hartman, CNPS Board President
Steve Hartman, CNPS Fellow, and long-time conservation advocate and board member, will entertain with a power point presentation that will cover his involvement with CNPS since he joined in 1974. Steve has been active in desert, Sierra, and local issues and has personally led weed control efforts in the Sepulveda Basin and elsewhere for decades. Steve has also spent decades on the LA Chapter board, currently serving as Treasurer and newsletter editor. His talk will also include many of the colorful CNPSers with whom Steve has collaborated over the years.

**Programs are free to the public, and non-members are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
For more info go to WWW.LACNPS.ORG
**California Native Plant Society, Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter Programs are free to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more info contact Snowdy.dodson@csun.edu or email or call 818-782-9346. You can email us at LACNPS@LACNPS.ORG.

Dec
11
Wed
Beginner’s Birdwalk with Conejo Valley Audubon @ Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa Tickets
Dec 11 @ 8:00 am
Beginner's Birdwalk with Conejo Valley Audubon @ Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa

Conejo Valley Audubon invites birders of all experience levels to attend our monthly Beginner Bird Walks at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. These walks will be held on the second Wednesday of each month. We will meet at 8:00am at the main parking lot, which is accessible off Lynn Rd at Via Goleta in Newbury Park.
Rancho Sierra Vista is an excellent place to see many of the oak woodlands birds that are common in the Conejo Valley. We will take time to introduce beginning birders to these species and the best techniques for locating and identifying them.
If you have binoculars, please bring them. A few pairs of loaner binoculars will be available. Wear comfortable walking shoes. No sign-up is needed; just show up. Heavy rain will cancel the walk. The leader will be Richard Armerding and he can be reached at 310-701-3878

Dec
13
Fri
Full Moon Hike-Cold Moon @ Franklin Canyon-Lower Ranch Tickets
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike-Cold Moon @ Franklin Canyon-Lower Ranch

Join us for a free guided hike beneath the light of a full moon!

Cold Moon is a term shared by Indigenous People around the world to signify the arrival of Yule, or the onset of cold temperatures of winter.

Full moon hikes are family friendly and approximately 2.5 miles
with a moderate incline.
Please dress in layers for changing temperatures, wear closed toe shoes, and bring water.

Hike meets in the Lower Ranch Parking Lot-GPS 1936 Lake Dr, 90210

Dec
14
Sat
Coffee With … Katy Delaney @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Coffee With ... Katy Delaney @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center

The King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center is proud to host “Coffee With…” featuring local scientists, professors, and experts. Casually chat about social and environmental topics while you sip fresh, locally roasted coffee. We provide the coffee; you provide the mug!

On Saturday, December 14, from 10:00-11:00 am, join Wildlife Ecologist Katy Delaney for a talk about our California red-legged frogs recovery project in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Please click here to register so we know how much coffee is needed.

Chumash Cultural Connections: Junior Ranger Program @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Chumash Cultural Connections: Junior Ranger Program @ Rancho Sierra Vista

Earn a junior ranger pin from the Santa Monica Mountains. Activites include learning about the Chumash history and playing a game with a ranger.

This Ranger led activity is for all ages!

Winter Solstice-Afternoon Hike @ Franklin Canyon-Lower Ranch Tickets
Dec 14 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Winter Solstice-Afternoon Hike @ Franklin Canyon-Lower Ranch

Join us for a free guided hike to learn how the changing seasons change the night sky.

The Winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, and the longest night.
This year it occurs just before the Christmas holiday, so we’re celebrating a week early!

Indigenous Celebrations occurred on this day to celebrate the Moon.

Hike meets in the Lower Ranch Parking Lot-GPS 1936 Lake Dr, 90210

Dec
15
Sun
San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Dec 15 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park | Calabasas | California | United States

Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike.

Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

Hike into History at Rancho Sierra Vista @ Satwiwa Culture Center/Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Explore and learn! Join Ranger Aaron for a short 1-mile guided hike at Rancho Sierra Vista and learn about the ranching history of this park site!

This hike will feature occasional stops along the trail where we will learn about the different periods and people who helped shape Rancho Sierra Vista.

Following the hike we will explore locations where historic photographs were taken at Rancho Sierra Vista as early as 1900 to get a before-and-after look of how the Ranch has evolved through time.

It is estimated that this hike should be approximately 1 hour in length to cover both the hike and the talk. The exploration with photographs should take approximately 45 minutes. There will also be plenty of time afterwards for any questions!

We will be meeting at the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center, not the parking lot. We will start our hike at 9:15am. See image below on where we meet.

Sign up for free here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hike-into-history-at-rancho-sierra-vista-tickets-83496005801

Please bring shoes appropriate for hiking, water, a hat, and sunblock. Rain cancels.

Questions? Call our visitor center at King Gillette Ranch (805) 370-2301 or email us at samo_interpretation@nps.gov